For the first time since gunmen stormed the Le Bataclan in Paris, France and killed 89 people during their live concert, Eagles of Death Metal are describing the horrific scene that unfolded before their very eyes that fateful night. Click inside to watch.
Jesse Hughes, 43, and Joshua Homme, 42, are finally ready to open up about the murderous massacre that was unleashed on their fans and friends in Paris, France on Friday, Nov. 13. In their first sit down interview since terrorists unleashed a deadly assault on their live audience, the members of Eagles of Death Metal tear up as they recall fans hiding in their dressing rooms and refusing to leave others behind.
“Several people hid in our dressing room and the killers were able to get in and killed every one of them,” lead singer Jesse Hughes tells VICE in the preview for his first interview since the attack. He continues to tell the site’s founder, Shane Smith, that only one kid inside his dressing room survived because he hid underneath Jesse’s leather jacket.
Jesse is clearly struggling to recall the terror that unfolded, his voice cracking as he begins to explain how the overall crowd reacted to the attack. “People were playing dead and they were so scared,” Jesse explains. “A great reason why so many were killed is because so many people wouldn’t leave their friends. So many people put themselves in front of people.” So sad.
Next to Jesse is his bandmate, Joshua Homme, who listens quietly as his friend tries to explain what they witnessed the night they lost two of their own, including merchandise manager Nick Alexander and project manager Thomas Ayad. Marie Mosser,and Manu Perez, employees from their record label, were also killed.
The full interview is scheduled to be released online the week of Nov. 22. Until then you can watch the heartbreaking preview above, in which Jesse talks about those who were killed so senselessly.
Our thoughts remain with Eagles of Death Metal, as well as all of those affected by the horrific attacks on Paris, France that occurred on Friday, Nov. 13.
— Lauren Cox